Sinus Infection

I’ve been dealing with a sinus infection for some time, so was not around blogs for several weeks or posting. I miss it a lot.

I was dizzy, nauseous, and unable to find my balance for some time, as well as many sinus symptoms. A dose of antibiotics and I am only somewhat better. But I can read more once again, and that is a great thing, which always makes me happy once my head hurts less.

What did I do when sickest, lay on my side and try not to move. At better moments I watched the news, tv shows, movies, and listened to books on mp3 from the library and podcasts. It is good to have days when I have my balance. Oh and looking forward to getting my vaccine shots. No appointment yet, but I think of it often.

Therapy During a Pandemic

Well, what I have gotten a lot of, up close, these past few months of therapy has not been great. Well, the therapy has been great, very very great. I kind of love my therapist, but the county clinic decided to cut the number of sessions allowed, yes during a pandemic. A few months ago they told all the therapists to only make appointments every other week.

So not happy about that and not happy about how that makes me feel; neglected, abandoned, and demeaned. Not by my therapist, just by the clinic. I have to admit that right there and then, during session, I was thinking long and hard about finding another therapist. But I can’t really afford to get a therapist outside the clinic who would want to charge me about $20 a session. The clinic, since it is a county run clinic, normally only wants to see clients every other week and declines the charge the co-pay. This is huge for me, because I could never afford to pay the co-pay every week, if I found a therapist. My current therapist says she would definitely help me find a new therapist. But she is the only therapist that I have felt this comfortable with due to her knowledge and skills as a therapist.

She was nice enough to listen to the reasons that I believed I should get three appointment times per month. Now that it is a new year I might still be able to get three appointments a month, so long as one gets cancelled. Since both her and I have had a huge number of cancellations due to health, family issues, and the pandemic.

We talk on the phone. I use my headphones. That seems to be working good for me. I was told about the possibility of a zoom like thing for my laptop, but I’m not comfortable with adding any new things to my life right now. I am still trying to get adjusted to my new laptop, which I only seem to have issues with.

I initially wanted to get a new therapist because the other one, from the same clinic was not allowing me to work on healing from mother-daughter sexual abuse. She was more comfortable with keeping me talking and dealing with all my personal everyday problems, no matter what I told her or what she agreed to. It was very frustrating. So finally I called her and said I need a new therapist and it has worked out well. I have been seeing her for over a year, but still not doing a lot of healing work on the topic of mother-daughter sexual abuse.

That last statement is both true and untrue. I have done huge amounts of healing work, in therapy and out, about my mother since starting with my new therapist. It’s just that a huge amount of the healing work that I have done are about the stigmatizing that she and all of my family members did to me, treating me as though I were and calling me crazy, the gaslighting, the living in a home of an alcoholic, the lack of food and deprivation my mother put me through, the neglect, her failed attempts to sex traffic me as a pre-schooler, the emotional abuse, the physical abuse, and how that all made me feel and think about myself, my family, others, and the world. So I’ve been doing a lot of work, work that I feel needs to be done first before I get to the topic of mother-daughter sexual abuse.

My Favorite Free Social Distancing Perk

There are some good free things out there on the internet since the start of social distancing. They are in no way compensation for living in a pandemic, one million citizens infected, or the loss of life.  A distraction. An entertainment. Yes. A joy even, sometimes.

There are some free show available on hbo. There is  free Battlestar Galactica episodes on Syfy with ads.

Best of all, for me, is free daily opera streams from the Metroplitan Opera. I’ve watched almost twenty operas! My favorite is  Parsifal. My least favorite is Eugene Onegin. I absolutely loved Wagner’s Ring series of four operas.  From everything that I have ever seen or heard about Wagner, I never would have thought I would love his work. Sometimes you just have to try something in order to find out.

Metroplitan Opera

New Therapist: 6 Months On

I still consider her my new therapist. I really like her as a therapist. She has better skills than any other therapist I have seen, which is incredible.

I’m really working hard in and out of the therapy hour. Some huge new revelations have happened recently.

I realized something last week that was huge, but here’s the thing, it was totally obvious, I had just never seen it before. It all started about a month ago from something my sister said. I’ll try to write about that soon.

This week marks the sixth week that I have been doing therapy by phone. That too is going good. I tend to talk almost all the way through the therapy hour, by design, but on the phone I am trying to pause more for comments than I previously would have gotten through her emotional energy, facial expression, and body language. The biggest thing about therapy is that the clinic decided to let the therapists make weekly appointments instead of only bi-weekly. It is much appreciated and much needed during this social distancing and pandemic time. I am frustrated, enraged, triggered, and saddened about all that is going on out there.

I think about posting every day and think of all the blog friends I have come to know over eleven years of blogging. If you are gone, I still think of our connections and send you love and good and healing thoughts. If you are still blogging or a new blogger to me, stop in and I’d love to hear from you. Good and healing thoughts to you all.

New Therapist

I’ve got a new therapist and I really think she is competent to handle me, which is saying a lot. I have seen her three times already.  She has shown me that she is competent to handle me, capable, and willing. She is very good at being a witness to my healing therapy while being present, compassionate, and empathetic.  Those are all huge things.

I will say that I was at the point of being able to articulate in excruciating detail exactly what I did and did not want in a therapist and in therapy and in healing. I had a long talk with the person who was going to re-assign me to another therapist. So that has gone a long way in getting me assigned as her client. She is another therapist in the office where I was going.

I’m glad that I don’t have to go out on my own and try to find another therapist entirely on my own and especially glad that I don’t have that project looming in my life right now, even if it were only to find another therapist in the same clinic. I don’t have a lot of energy for projects right now.

I had some real issues with the other therapist, to the point of avoiding going to therapy for six months. I went in one more time, and seriously I was not capable of making it work, and really why should I have to be the one who had to try to make it work? I think the partnership proved to be a bad fit, untherapeutic. She was very good at helping clients manage the everyday manageability of their lives, but that was not my situation and I was clear about that constantly. She made it hard for me to work on my stated  and agreed upon therapy goals and needs of healing from childhood abuse, especially mother daughter sexual abuse.

The clinic will only allow me to get an appointment every other week, so that is very frustrating. It is a county mental health clinic, so it has a lot of clients and they decide those issues, even though I disagree on that.  But I suppose I would need some time to transition into doing therapy once a week.  The nicest part of that is that I don’t have to pay the co-pay, since the county declines to charge me, about $50 or more a month, so that makes it well worth my wanting to stay there, Also I have not found a better therapist on my own. She promised to help me find a weekly therapist, when and if I want to move on.

I have spent most of the sessions going over my family history and abuse history as background, but I am doing a lot of healing work through talking and feeling about all of that. It is very intense. And very healing. I am doing good work.

Good and healing thoughts to you all.

Healing Quotes 812

“Life is much more interesting when you make a bit of effort.”

~ Ai Weiwei, “Ai Weiwei: Never Forget.”

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“No matter how dark the day, it always seems so much brighter when there’s a dog around.”

~ @MotherNatureNetwork

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Happy New Year

Happy new year my dear blog readers.

I went to bed very early on new year’s eve and found myself awake and refreshed at midnight. So I guess the universe wanted me to be there and aware.

After a few hours I decided to grab a pizza and watched the movie Frozen. There are so many parts of the movie that remind me of my childhood; I teared up a few times. Still had a great time.

I was looking around online for the show The Alienist on tnn. Bizarrely I found it available, with commercials, on their app. I thought for sure I couldn’t find it without extra cost.

I loved the book so much when it first came out. I never met anyone else who had even read it. I was hoping the series would be as good. I didn’t think so. But the series did show a lot of evil; in the killer, the politicians, the dirty cops, the millionaire businessmen, the pimps, and every casual observer in the streets who see and do nothing.

Shockingly I still had great fun bingeing the show and alternated with watching the parts of the Rose Parade that I wanted to with the sound on. I hate parade commentary. I love bands and thought the bands were great.  🙂

I was falling asleep trying to finish the last episode. But did it. I was so tired out from the huge focused session and because I had been awake 14 hours. So I went to bed and sleeping time. All in all, a good day and a great start to a new year.

Good and healing thoughts to you all.

 

 

 

Healing Quotes Littles 1001-1053

“Never underestimate me.

Unless, of course, you like having your expectations shattered, then by all means go for it.”

~ Just a James, @perfect_messs

“If they go away… let them…”

~ L.I.N.A., @funnyaires0418

“You get to decide who’s worthy and qualified to be a part of your life.”

~ Soyourelikethat, @soyourelikethat

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“Those who do not move do not notice their chains.”

~ Rosa Luxemburg

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.”

~ Joan Didion

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“If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.”

~ Cynthia Ozick

“I didn’t set out to be a troublesome writer, but if that’s what I’ve been, I’m totally unrepentant.”

~ O Paz

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“Truth is an inseparable companion of justice and mercy.”

~ Pope Francis, @Pontifex

“What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complication.”

~ Nora Ephron

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“One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.”

~ Bobbie Ann Mason

“The helpful thought for which you look is written somewhere in a book.”

~ Edward Gorey

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“Let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King

“There’s something magical about Joshua trees. They always look like they are frozen mid-dance. Maybe when we aren’t looking they start dancing again.”

~ R. Christensen

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“I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends.”

~ Joshua Slocum

“Trust your gut.”

~ @deray, Deray McKesson

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“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

~ Aldous Huxley

“Necessary reminder that it’s fine to stay the same! You aren’t a project to be constantly bettered. It’s fine to just *be* in this world- not improving, not refining, not getting stronger or healthier, but inhabiting your weird, magical, flawed self fully, just as you are.”

~ Ruby Tandoh, @rubytandoh

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Jesus was from a ‘shithole’ place. Nazareth, in the first century, was a minuscule town of only 200 to 400 people, where people lived in small stone houses, and say archeologists, garbage was dumped in the alleyways.

‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ says Nathanael when he first hears where the Messiah is from. That comment is understood by all New Testament scholars to be an insult directed at Jesus’ hometown.

God, in other words, came from a ‘shithole’ place. And during his time on earth, he pointedly asked us to welcome him whenever he appeared as a ‘stranger,’ or as one of our ‘least’ brothers and sisters.”

~ James Martin, SJ, @JamesMartinSJ

“Why aren’t disabled people allowed to speak for ourselves, write for ourselves, and tell our own stories?!”

~ Dominick Evans, @dominickevans

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“The next time someone says you’re ‘too political,’ tell them silence is a political stance. It’s a full throated endorsement of the status quo.”

~ Lee Camp [Redacted], @LeeCamp

“It’s 2018, but I keep writing ‘Fuck Trump’ on my checks.”

~ Victor Laszlo, @Impolitics

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“Be like the single blade of grass. For she too, has been trampled on, mowed down, and hit with such bitterly cold stretches that she had to shut down to survive. Yet still she stands upright with dignity, knowing that she endures, and still she dances with the wind.”

~ Sandra Kring

“We’re all in a complicated relationship with simplicity.”

~ Skinnie Talls, @SkinnieTalls

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“You can’t always be the smartest person in the room. But you can be kind.”

~ It’s Abby. Yep., @abbycohenwl

“We have been brainwashed into feeling shame about wanting goodness and happiness.”

~ emma magenta

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“We can build together or I can keep building alone. I’m good either way.”

~ FLACO, @NY_Pillow

“It’s kind of weird that we get such a kick out of seeing kindness when really it should be so normal that it doesn’t even register.”

~ trajectory unknown, @trajectoryuk

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“I like to think that there’s a place somewhere inside me that has yet to be discovered, a lost city untouched by the modern world.”

~ trajectory unknown, @trajectoryuk

“I hope the universe intrigues you today.”

~ probably awake, @JustTashie

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“I like to think that being genuine and kind releases invisible magic that can never be defeated.”

~ trajectory unknown, @trajectoryuk

“Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance.”

~ Shirin Neshat

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“Writing is making sense of life.”

~ Nadine Gordimer

“Writing is… that oddest of anomalies: an intimate letter to a stranger.”

~ Pico Iyer

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“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”

~ Steve Jobs

“The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.”
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~ Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
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“Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting.”

― Anne Lamott

“Ram Dass, who described himself as a Hin-Jew, said that ultimately we’re all just walking each other home. I love that. I try to live by it.”

~ Anne Lamott, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
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“My friend Terry says that when you need to make a decision, in your work or otherwise, and you don’t know what to do, just do one thing or the other, because the worst that can happen is that you will have made a terrible mistake.”

~ Anne Lamott

“Help” is a prayer that is always answered. It doesn’t matter how you pray–with your head bowed in silence, or crying out in grief, or dancing. Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors.”
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~ Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
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“Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen. Listen.”

~ Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

“We aren’t a drop in the ocean, but are the ocean, in drops.”

~ Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son

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“You don’t have to defend or explain your decisions to anyone. It’s your life.”

~ Mandy Hale

“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”

~ Ray Bradbury

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“I’m here to be me, which is taking a great deal longer than I had hoped.”

~ Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“I was usually filled with a sense of something like shame until I’d remember that wonderful line of Blake’s- that we are here to learn to endure the beams of love- and I would take a long deep breath and force these words out of my strangulated throat: “Thank you.”

~ Anne Lamott

“Doctor Strange is the most relatable superhero because he uses his vast powers to steal books from the library.
~ the library haunter, @SketchebyBoze
“Enjoy whatever books you want and don’t let anyone tell you you’re dumb or childish or immature for reading what you love.”
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~ the library haunter, @SketchesbyBoze
“And you ache for books you’ve not yet met.”
~ probably awake, @JustTashie

“My book doesn’t want me to get out of bed.”

~ Dull & Wicked, @dullandwicked

“He said, ‘Books or me.” I sometimes remember him when I’m buying new books.”

~ Unknown

“Read widely, and without apology. Read what you want to read, not what someone tells you you should read.”

~ Joyce Carol Oates

“There were so many books on so many shelves, I knew I could live to be old without coming to the end of them. The sound of pages turning was the sound of magic. The dry liquid feel of paper under fingertips was what magic felt like.”

~ Emma Donoghue

“When I was a little girl who didn’t fit in, I read ‘Julie of the Wolves’ and decided that running away to live with a wolfpack was a really great life plan, and to be honest I’m starting to wish I hadn’t grown out of the idea.”

~ Myrrh, @ixis82